More Nones – Public Religion SurveyPosted by Phil Ferguson on October 23rd, 2012 – Comments Off – Posted in Uncategorized
Another surveys says there are more nones! New data from the Public Religion Research Institute says for under 30, Nones are 32%. Check out their pretty graph.
Here is some of what the report had to say…
The religiously unaffiliated represent the fastest growing group in the American
The fastest growing group and the new members are coming from religion!
While 19% of Americans identify as religiously unaffiliated today, only 7% of
Americans report that they were raised religiously unaffiliated, a net increase
of 12 percentage points.
Just wait a generation when the 30% nones have kids. As the older generations pass the percentages will keep increasing. I may see an America with more than 50% nones in my lifetime!
Religiously unaffiliated Americans are comprised of three discrete subgroups,
which have distinct religious and demographic profiles:
“Unattached believers” (23%): describe themselves as religious despite having
no formal religious identity…
“Seculars” (39%): describe themselves as secular or not religious…
“Atheists and agnostics” (36%): identify as atheist or agnostic…
Around 75% of the nones say they are not religious (Not religious + Atheists + agnostics). Atheists are those people who are not convinced or don’t believe in god. For the group under 30 years old 32% are nones and 75% of them are likely not just nones but atheists. Given the concern over using the title of atheist one can see that the actual percentage of atheists in this group could be as high as 25%. (not counting any persons that are actually atheists but still reporting that they are religious).
Here is their table that shows change from childhood to becoming an adult.
Again the nones are winning. All of the large religious groups are losing their young. People of every age are leaving and I don’t think it will stop. On the contrary, I expect the rate to continue.